Hello dears! The leaves are falling, the evenings are getting chillier, and I for one am as happy as a bird on a Spring day! Because you see, the coming time of Autumn is the very dearest season of the year to me. There is just something about this evanescent season that makes me so happy and cozy. I love wearing sweaters and warm woolen things, sipping a cup of hot chocolate or pumpkin spice tea, being able to don my delightful rust fedora for a new season, and (probably my favorite part) hearing the sound of leaves crunching beneath my feet as I walk down the street. Of course with all this chilly weather, and the new resolution to make my wardrobe even more accurate in the vintage department (see Jessica’s post here for all the details about that), comes lots of sewing plans for my Autumn/Winter Wardrobe! Would you like to see a peak at what’s been inspiring me, and what I have been planning?
When I was doing my Four 1940s Wardrobes series, I discovered the delightful work of Lorraine Fox, the woman who illustrated the main spread for the feature. I practically squealed with delight when I found the picture at the top on Pinterest. Every. single. outfit. looks like something I would totally wear. So, of course that illustration is going to play a huge part in inspiring my autumn/winter wardrobe. But, as I have assessed my wardrobe for this coming season, I have noted two things:
- I am quite well stocked in the wool skirt department. YES!
- I am extremely short on blouses and hats. Botheration!
You see, t-shirts just won’t cut it for me anymore. I have discovered a new admiration for blouses. Somehow they just look better with vintage-looking skirts, as opposed to just your ordinary t-shirt. So, I am going to be looking to the 30s and 40s for my blouse inspiration, as evidenced by the two blouse-containing images above from my Winter Collection Pinterest board.
Also, I only have one winter hat that I can wear with almost any outfit. That is all well and good, but, you see, wearing the same hat all the time can get tiring. One likes a bit of variety now and then! I have already partially remedied this situation by purchasing a red fedora (I can’t wait to pick it up in a few weeks!), but am planning on trying my hand at a bit of millinery to make myself a navy blue hat. I have no idea if it is going to be a success, but I will at least be able to say that I tried. 😀
And the last item in the inspiration department is Simplicity 2439. I just finished my last dress of the Summer season from a hand-drafted copy of this lovely pattern, but I hope to be able to make a dressy Winter version for Church in the coming months. We will see if I have the courage to cut into the precious sheer wool that I bought for it. 😛
So, what does the inspiration amount to when it comes to actual planning? Well, I am going to start small, because if I know me (and I think I should by this point in my life), I am not going to have enough time to make everything that I would like to make for one season. Thus it is better for me to plan less to do, than to plan too much and not be able to do it all. So you may just see a Part II to this post, depending on how much I accomplish in the next few months.
Alright, what do we have here? On the left is an ensemble made up of a 1940s blazer which needs to be repaired (I got it for a steal since all the seams were falling apart, but that is nothing this seamstress can’t fix!), and a rayon twill navy blue skirt made from Simplicity 3688. Worn underneath is going to be a between-seasons striped lawn blouse made from a reprint of McCall 9053 (see below), or a long sleeved thicker cotton version of the same.
In the middle is a flannel dress made from Vogue 9127. I haven’t had a green dress in ages, but I have fond memories of a certain green flannel dress that we girls used to have in our wardrobes, so I am going to take a chance and make myself a late 30s dress from Kaufman Shetland Flannel in Oregano (which, by the way, just so happens to be the background of all the images in this post).
Finally on the right is a long-sleeved knit blouse that will also be made from McCall 9053. Paired with that is a fog-green velveteen skirt made from a vintage pattern, Butterick 6115 (yes, I know I drew the waistband wrong. I forgot to look at the pattern envelope again before I put pencil to paper).
Just as a recap, here are most of the materials that I mentioned above. The cotton velveteen for the skirt, flannel for the dress, wool knit from Mood fabrics for the blouse made from McCall 9053, and the pattern for my velveteen skirt.
Whew! That is still a lot to do don’t you think? Especially considering I have to get my things in order for Remembering WWII before any of these plans can be put into action. 😀
What do you think of my Autumn/Winter wardrobe plans?
Have you ever tried to make a hat?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer